Packers Quay Walker Pick Hints at Big Defensive Scheme Change

Devon Platana
The Green Bay Packers drafting Quay Walker hints at a big defensive scheme change coming next season.
The Green Bay Packers drafting Quay Walker hints at a big defensive scheme change coming next season. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers entered Night 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft with the wide receiver position being one of their top priorities. Instead, they left the first round with a pair of Georgia Bulldogs defenders in linebacker Quay Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt.

The Georgia duo, unquestionably, improves the Packers' defense and could allow them to be more flexible with their strategies. In fact, NFL Network's Ben Fennell suggests that the drafting of Walker, in particular, could lead to a different defensive scheme this fall.

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According to Fennell, the Packers have led the league "in dime personnel over the last 3-4 years," however, that should change now that they have both Walker and All-Pro linebacker De'Vondre Campbell to rely upon.

Walker excelled in Georgia's nickel-based Tite Front defense last season, finishing with 65 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three defended passes. Many scouts and experts project him to be an inside linebacker at the NFL level, so it'll be interesting to see if Green Bay plays to his strength.

Walker's presence will allow the Packers' coaching staff to pair him alongside Campbell, giving them two linebackers that they can rely on every down. If the defensive scheme remains dime-heavy, Walker's snap share will likely be limited by playing behind the veteran, so it's in Green Bay's best interest to figure out a plan that gets them on the field at the same time.

Regardless of what defensive scheme the Packers end up going with, things are looking promising for them in the 2022 NFL season. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving them +1100 odds (T-No. 4) to win Super Bowl 57.

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